16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
underrated and untouchable,
This review is from: Vietcong (Video Game)
Vietcong is one hell of a game. For once and quite uniquely, the “enemy” have some character, you’re in their jungle territory, you hear them speak, you’re in their homeland, they care, they’re gonna get you before you get them. You’ll get up close instead of blindly shooting at anything that moves across the screen. All in all a little realism goes an awful long way in Vietcong.
What Vietcong has, that other more famous war time FPS fail to achieve, is atmosphere. This feels like a real war game and a real battle. There’s plenty of stealth as well as full on fire-fights. You have to think as well as push the trigger. There are some moments where you will be so immersed you’ll jump out of your skin as a Vietcong emerges from the jungle in front of you. There are moments where you’ll feel totally overwhelmed and vulnerable. Refreshingly you’ll not feel the script is rushing you on to the next scenario.
Vietcong is different and better than most war games because you are fully involved. You get the in between mission briefings animated, there are no cut aways to typed documents with mission overviews. You get to see the choppers getting you out once the mission is finished.
And for an all time, wonderful gaming experience the rescue of the American POW from the Vietcong camp is tough, stealthy, brilliantly realised and amazing to play.
There are one or two minor glitches but overall a great game that deserves a great deal more credit and great deal more gamers to play and savour. Rank it alongside Medal of Honour and Call of Duty when you want some quiet time mixed with trigger happy jungle trekking. It deserves its 18 rated badge for the language and often dodgy motivations, but at least Vietcong takes no prisoners in a straightforward and hard core Hollywood Platoon style romp.